Review: The Dangerous Summer – The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer last released an album in August 2013. The band has had it’s ups and downs (as a lot do) and they’ve returned with their self-titled album. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of the band who knows everything about them by any means. I do recall getting into some of the songs on Reach for the Sun and ending up with a promotional poster for War Paint, but since then, I haven’t kept up much with them.

Their self-titled album launches with “Color” and you instantly feel how personal the lyrics are. That feeling sticks throughout, but “Ghosts” really hits a home run with it. It’s one of the stronger songs on the album that picks up the pace a little bit before slowing back down with “Luna.”

AJ Perdomo is the last remaining original member of The Dangerous Summer. With his vocals, though, the songs still sound similar to what we’ve previously heard. Without him, this would just be a different band altogether. With new members backing him, it’s natural that the music will sound a little different and it’s a welcome development.

However, even with how much thought and care is put into the lyrics, the album didn’t quite click as much as Reach for the Sun did when I was first introduced to the band. That said, it’s not that this is a bad album. It’s just one that needs to sink in some more. Some people connect with intensely personal songs in ways that I don’t always feel like I do. My life honestly hasn’t been that eventful for a lot of scenarios to be relatable. But I still find things I like in songs that I can’t fully relate to. This one is going to take some more time, but I still suggest giving it a listen to see if the band’s new sound is one you enjoy.

You can grab a copy of The Dangerous Summer on Amazon.

Review: Have Mercy – ‘Make The Best Of It’

Have Mercy - Make The Best Of It

Have Mercy return with Make The Best Of It. This is the first new music from the band since their split with Somos in 2014 and their first album since A Place of Our Own in 2014. Have Mercy has been through some lineup changes with Todd Wallace, Nick Woolford, and Andrew Johnson all leaving the band in 2016. Since then, Nate Gleason teamed up with Brian Swindle to work on the new release.

The new album deals with feelings of pain, insecurity, and longing. “Smoke and Lace” launches the album into this melancholic tone. The somewhat raspy vocals work extremely well with the music. Despite the lineup changes, there’s still a hint of the same types of songs since Brian is the one constant in all of their music. The guitars in “Coexist” stand out since they tend to contradict the lyrical content. They feel more upbeat at times and that contrast works well.

“Reaper” is easily the most revengeful song on the album. There’s talk of death and cutting the breaks in someone’s Camaro to cause it. It’s a harsh song that even admits how twisted it is with the line “bet he never knew I was so deranged.” After that, things slow down a little bit with “Ghost,” which is a nice change of pace. It brings a calm feeling after the lyrical content of “Reaper” and it doesn’t speed up until about two minutes in. Even then, it’s not as hard hitting as a good majority of the album.

Make The Best Of It closes out with “You Made Me.” This song feels like one last plea to be taken back. The singer admits it’s wrong, but that it feels right. In this moment, you can hear a sort of desperation to this last song. Overall, this is a decent album. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s not bad, either. If you haven’t yet, give it a listen. And if you dig it, grab a copy of it here.

Review: Moose Blood – ‘Blush’

 

Blush

Thinking back to 2014 and the release of Moose Blood’s debut album I remember it taking almost the exact same route as Julien Baker has this past year, except on a smaller level. Slowly, but surely, more and more people were talking about this band I’d never heard of. I eventually checked it out, but wasn’t amazed at first. Then even more people, whose music tastes I respected and knew were in line with my own, were gushing about them. Finally, I gave them another chance and this time it stuck until they became a staple of my listening habits. Expectations were, of course, high as their second album, Blush, approached.

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Have Mercy – “Two Years”

“Two Years” is off of Have Mercy’s brand new album, A Place Of Our Own. This track really stood out to me for some reason. Maybe it’s because I moved across the country for school and I’m finally nearing the end of it. My life back home feels like something distant. It absolutely feels like a different life. Not only do I think you should give this song a listen, but if you enjoy it, definitely give the full album a listen.